Aside from the few avid readers we all seem to know, finding time to read a book, let alone do your laundry, in the course of the busy work season can be pretty difficult. But now that summer is just about here, make the time to stop by your nearest Barnes & Noble and pick up one of the newly released summer reads (and the latest issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine of course) for your relaxing days by the pool or on the sand.
Newly Released Summer ’09 Fictional Reads:
“Strange Nervous Laughter”
By Bridget McNulty – Available May 12
“Strange Nervous Laughter” is a love story which talks what love does to us, and how our lives are changed by being in love, out of love or on the brink of love. McNulty is a blogger who writes about why people act the way they do and now she has written a highly-anticipated novel.
“Into the Beautiful North”
By Luis Alberto Urrea – Available May 19
“Into the Beautiful North” is a story about a young Mexican girl Nayeli who travels to America to find a band of men to help guard her village from criminals and reverse the plummeting birth rates spun from the male absence.
“The Story Sisters”
By Alice Hoffman – Available June 2
The Story Sisters plots the lives of three sisters, each of whom has a fate she must meet alone in three different countries.
By Jane Green – Available June 16
The best-selling author of “The Beach House” is the story of life in an exclusive beach town after the tourists have left for the summer and the eccentric (and wealthy) community that sticks around.
“The Angel’s Game”
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Available June 16
The story portrays a young male author and his tale of living in an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona.
By Nora Roberts – Available July 7
The story of young love, heart break and a murder in the “Black Hills” that brings the lovers back together.
“Best Friends Forever”
By Jennifer Weiner – Available July 14
The author of “In Her Shoes” is releasing “Best Friends Forever” – a story that personifies female friendship with humor and love.
“The Devil’s Queen”
By Jeanne Kalogridis – Available July 21
This is the story of the caniving Queen of France, Catherine de Medici, who was blamed for the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocent people died.
By Thomas Pynchon – Available August 4
“Inherent Vice” takes you back in time to the wild ‘60’s for a mysterious adventure.
“South of Broad,”
By Pat Conroy – Available Aug. 11
The author of “The Prince of Tides” will release “South of Broad,” a story about a young boy in South Carolina who faces unique trials in high school after his younger brother commits suicide.